SC man had gun during traffic stop, but what was found at his home is causing even more problems, cops say

A South Carolina man found with gun during traffic stop on Interstate 26, but what deputies found at his Lexington County home could land him in a lot more trouble.

David Matthews, a 51-year-old West Columbia resident, was arrested Jan. 29, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

“Lexington County narcotics officers arrested Matthews on I-26 nearby (US 321/Charleston Highway)“, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a press release Tuesday. “Officers found a handgun in Matthews’ possession during the stop.”

It was unclear why Matthews was arrested.

Matthews has a prior conviction that prohibits him from possessing a firearm, the sheriff’s department said.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department confiscated drugs, weapons and cash.

“During the execution of a search warrant at his residence, more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, more than 28 grams of fentanyl, more than 3,500 grams of marijuana, more than $25,000 “Americans and six firearms were found inside the house,” Koon said. “A firearm has been confirmed stolen from a neighboring jurisdiction. »

Matthews was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, in addition to single counts of trafficking cocaine, trafficking fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to jail records.

Matthews was also charged with six counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and seven counts of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of possession with intent to distribute, according to the sheriff’s department.

Bail was set at $140,000 on the weapons and marijuana charges, according to jail records. But Matthews remains locked up in the Lexington County Detention Center because he denied bail for drug chargesaccording to prison records.

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